Grant Recipients

…Women’s foundations work … to help guarantee that (women and girls) can achieve economic (and social) balance."

— Stephanie Clohesy, Founder & Donor

The Iowa Women’s Foundation (IWF) is proud to partner with over 100 state-based organizations. Since 1994, $1.68 million has been awarded to 307 programs, benefitting thousands of women and girls in all 99 Iowa counties. Download our Grants at a Glance to see the projects we supported throughout the state of Iowa.

Learn more about the projects we have funded for over 25 years. You can search by year, barrier, or keyword below.

Strike-A-Match – CORE Grant


The Strike-A-Match program provides participants with structured networking events, skill-building sessions, and volunteer opportunities in addition to an assigned mentor or mentee.

Clinton Early Head Start – BCCCSF Grant

Community Action of Eastern Iowa

Head Start/Early Head Start is a comprehensive program providing education, family, health, mental health and nutrition services to children from income eligible programs.

DVIP Prevention Education Program – Core Grant

Domestic Violence Intervention Program

DVIP has a longstanding history of serving women facing trauma-based, domestic violence crises in southeast Iowa.

Expansion & Scholarship Support in Black Hawk County – Core Grant

Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa

Girls on the Run uses running and other physical activities as a platform for teaching life skills and promoting holistic health outcomes for girls in grades 3-8.

GLOW (Girls Leading Others Wisely) Program – Core Grant

Mason City Family YMCA

GLOW is an 8-week mentoring program for girls aged 7-12 of various cultural and socio-economic backgrounds to connect with one another, engaging in discussions and activities that help them build towards future success.

House of Hope Case Management – Core Grant

Christian Community Development DBA House of Hope

House of Hope has 15 furnished apartments for single mothers with children plus five dorm-style apartments for young women aging out of foster care.

Iowa Women in Trades Apprenticeship Opportunity Network – Core Grant

University of Iowa Labor Center

The University of Iowa Labor Center will set up a pre-apprentice program and a network to improve access to registered apprenticeships and ensure completion rates and job placement for women in the construction trades.

Marita Theisen Child Care Center – BCCCSF

Friends of St. Mary’s DBA Steeple Square

The Marita Theisen Child Care Center at Steeple Square was established in response to urgent calls from the community for affordable quality child care. The Center currently has enrolled more than 40 children, 70% of whom are from low-income families.

Montgomery County Child Development Center – BCCCSF Grant

Montgomery County Child Development Association

The Montgomery County Child Development Association (MCCDA) was formed to address the lack of quality affordable child care in Montgomery County.

Opportunity Dubuque – BCCCSF Grant

Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque

Opportunity Dubuque builds career pathways for students to enter the workforce and continue their education and training, while filling employers’ demand for talent.